The Geenen Homes Blog

Stop back for West Michigan focused articles and posts about buying a home, selling a home, and then making your home even better. If you ever need help or have a question about real estate, please don't hesitate to call/text Kyle at (616) 403-0909.

Spring is just around the corner, which means that the Spring Market has sprung! If you are thinking of selling your home, it is time to start sprucing up your home where buyers will see if first, from the exterior. Creating appeal of your home to potential buyers starts at the curb of the street your home is on.

Here are ten tips to help you get started in making the best first impression to potential buyers.

1. Check the paint and siding – Michigan Winters can wreak havoc on a home’s paint job and siding. Take a moment to look over your home to see if there are sections you should power wash, repaint, or replace piece of the siding. Doing this can give your home a much needed face lift, making it looks years younger. 

2. Is the roof in good condition? – Having a roof that is covered in leaves, faded, or missing any shingles can make it look older, which can turn buyers away from homes. Make sure your roof is clear of yard waste, debris, and looks fresh.

3. House numbers – Can you read and see your house numbers from the road? If not, it might be time to upgrade the numbers on your home. Having numbers that are easy to find and read can make an impact. To add further appeal, make sure the numbers are not faded or damaged. In either case, putting up new numbers that reflect the style of the home and complement the exterior of the home can make quite a difference.

4. Spring clean that yard – Michigan’s many seasons causes there to be yard work always needing to be done at the end and beginning of each of these seasons. At the end of winter, clear out any remaining dead leaves from Fall and pick up any fallen branches. Now plant some Spring flowers and plants to give your home a fresh, vibrant look that is sure to make the home look inviting and appealing. Lastly, make sure to mow your lawn once or twice per week to keep it looking cared for and fresh.

5. Under pressure – Does your home have a deck or a porch that is exposed to the outdoor elements? Borrow a power washer from a friend or rent one from a local hardware store. By pressure washing the deck and even the driveway to get rid of oil spots, you will be upping the curb appeal of your home in a very cost-effective way.

6. Windows – There are two things that can raise your curb appeal when looking at windows. First, keep your curtains open while the home is on the market, it makes it brighter inside and looks prettier when looking in from outside. Second, clean your windows on both the inside and the outside. Winter months means that dust can gather on the inside, and that dirt can pile up from the snow on the outside. Giving your windows a fresh wipe down gives your home a cleaner, clearer, and more uniform look.

7. Light it up – Not all buyers are going around during daylight hours. If your home does not have exterior lighting, it can be difficult for a potential buyer to spot a for sale sign or even see the home from the outside. Adding some landscaping lights and lighting by the front door will allow for the home to be seen at all times of day. If you already have lighting, check to make sure no bulbs are burnt out

8. Front Door – There are many things you can do to make the front door a key focal point for buyers. First, choosing a paint color that contrasts yet compliments from the house can make your home stand out on the market. Second, adding a seasonal door decoration, cute doormat, and/or new knocker adds some flair and personality to your home. Lastly, adding some taller plants by the front door can draw potential buyer’s eyes and make the home seem grand.

9. Living Space – Adding a porch swing, garden bench, or sitting area outside can show potential buyers ways that your home can be a functional place to relax outside in addition to inside. If your home has space in the backyard, showcasing a hangout zone with a patio set, grilling space, outdoor bar, or a fire pit allows buyers to see how they can entertain family and friends, which adds to the appeal of your home.

10. Online Appeal – Once all of these steps have been reviewed, it is time for pictures to be taken. Most buyers find your home online, which means the pictures showcasing your home need to be top-notch to leave a lasting impression. Hiring a realtor that takes time to find the best angles, best lighting, and uses the best equipment for pictures can make a world of difference when a buyer is looking online.

Doing all or even one of these things can really amp up the number of buyers that are interested in your home through their initial impression from the outside.

One of the great things about living in Holland is the variety of coffee shops and cafés available allowing for every person to find their perfect niche for their daily jolt of caffeine. While Holland is still home to the widely known places like Starbucks and Biggby, our quaint city offers small town feels through locally owned and run cafés. This is one of the many things that makes life in Holland a little more special and unique. 

LemonJello’s Coffee – 

Located Downtown Holland off 9th and College, this coffee shop has been around since 2003. LemonJello’s gives off casual, laid back vibes accompanied by premium coffee from Mad Cap and Halfwit Coffee Roasters along with delicious baked goods made fresh daily in-house. One unique thing about LemonJello’s is the gnomes, which are never purchased nor stolen, only donated to this establishment. If you are looking for a down to earth place to pound out a paper or relax with some friends, LemonJello’s is sure to make you feel welcome.

205 Coffee Bar –

Opening in 2017, the 205 Coffee Bar is a newer addition to Downtown Holland located on Columbia Avenue between 8th and 9th street. This coffee bar provides customers with a more modern vibe in atmosphere aesthetics along with elite coffee options including drips, pour overs, and even nitrogen infused coffee. You can enjoy a homemade treat from DeBoer’s bakery as a perfect addition to your morning routine. This coffee bar includes a garage door that opens during the nicer weather, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a sunny day.

Simpatico –

Simpatico coffee was founded in 2010 and was inspired by the owner’s trip to Mexico. There are two locations in Holland, one off Michigan Ave on the Southside and one off Butternut on the Northside. This coffee joint specializes in low-acid, smoo

th-bodied coffees directly sourced from Mexico. Simpatico prides itself by working directly with the coffee growers, which allows the coffee growers to make more money while also making the coffee cheaper for the customer. Another unique feature of Simpatico coffee is that the growers sell non-roasted beans so that all of the processing and roasting of the coffee is done locally in Michigan. If you are looking for a way to support while enjoying your morning jolt, stop by Simpatico!

Joe 2 Go –

Joe 2 Go is a quick place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy a yummy beverage or simply grab a cup of Joe to go. This coffee place is located on the Northside of Holland on Lakewood Blvd. There is food available to ensure you have fuel to take on the day including fresh made pastries for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch. The atmosphere is cozy and quiet, a perfect place to enjoy a good book and a good cup of coffee.


Square Play –

Square Play is located in Washington Square in the city of Holland. This cafe allows for artisanal coffee to be enjoyed by the adults while their children enjoy fun, educational activities. Parents in need of coffee and children in need of playtime can both get their daily fix at Square Play! If you are looking for somewhere to take your kids that you’d also enjoy or possibly a place to host a birthday party including parents and children, check out Square Play. 

If you have not had the opportunity to visit some of these great local places, we encourage you to stop by the next time you grab a cup of coffee to go, meet up with a friend, or need a place to catch up on work emails! These coffee shops are just one of the many things that make Holland a great place to call home.


In 2016, Kyle Geenen was ranked as the number one Individual Agent in the greater Holland/Zeeland area by volume. Kyle also ranked as the number 41 individual overall agent by volume out of the over 28,000 agents in the State of Michigan for 2016.

Since he began his real estate career in 2013, Kyle Geenen has been breaking the mold of traditional real estate sales and marketing. He brought fresh perspectives to the region. “I knew I was young, but I used that to my advantage,” says Kyle. He noticed that many agents didn’t know social media, especially Facebook and Instagram; He built his personal brand by taking advantage of social media.


“I am truly honored to be ranked the #1 individual agent in the greater Holland/Zeeland area for 2016. The award truly goes to our clients and those who have referred us to their friends and family. Without the support of our community, we would not be where we are at today. This award not only indicates our hard work, but it also shows that we are living out our purpose with passion everyday. I could not be more excited to have the team that I have and to be doing what we do!” -Kyle Geenen

The Kyle Geenen Group (under Coldwell Banker-Woodland Schmidt) is made up of Kyle Geenen as the Team Broker, Macall Smith a Licensed Realtor, Ellen Jansen a Licensed Realtor and the Operations Manager, and Alyssa Leys the Transaction Coordinator and Marketing Specialist.

“As a team, we strive to meet the needs of all our clients by helping them sell their homes and purchase their dream homes. We are constantly trying to break the mold of the real estate norm by using innovative marketing techniques along with providing top of the line customer service to our clients.” -Kyle Geenen

“We aim to understand the real estate industry so that we can be one step ahead of the curve. Our team allows us to have a vast skill set to give our clients the best service and help them find the perfect home for them. Top notch marketing tactics and consistent communication with our buyers and sellers is at the core of The Kyle Geenen Group. Our team and quality clients lead us to where we are today.” -Macall Smith

Give us a call today at 616-795-0014 to begin the best buying and/or selling experience of your life!

The Geenen Group has some awesome Open Houses this weekend! Come out and enjoy some beautiful homes and let us help you find that perfect new home.

The Quick Schedule:

Location: Day: Time:
770 144th Ave, Holland Friday 5-6 PM
3468 Palmer Drive, Saugatuck Friday 5-6 PM
17314 Wood Drift, West Olive Saturday 9-10 AM
598 Central Ave, Holland Saturday 10:30-11:30 AM
4655 Cherry Street, Holland Saturday 11-1 PM
940 Meadow Ridge, Holland Saturday 1-2 PM
91 N. Division, Holland Saturday 2:30-3:30 PM


Friday 4/7/17

5 – 6 PM
770 144th Ave, Holland, MI

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5 – 6 PM
3468 Palmer Dr, Saugatuck, MI
4 Bed | 4  Bath | Ravines Gold Club


Saturday 4/8/17

9 – 10 AM
17314 Wood Drift Dr, West Olive, MI
Lake Michigan Luxury Cottage
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10:30 – 11:30 AM
598 Central Ave, Holland MI
Classic Holland Charm
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11 AM – 1 PM
4655 Cherry St, Holland, MI 49423
4 Bed | 2 Bath | 2,108 sqft | $185,000
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1 – 2 PM
940 Meadow Ridge, Holland, MI 49423
Spacious family living. 5 Bed | 6 Bath | 4726 SQFT
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2:30 – 3:30 PM
91 N. Division, Holland, MI 49423
Get all the details here.

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When working with our clients, we always encourage them to get pre-approved for a mortgage. We want everyone we work with to have the best chance of getting the home of their dreams. We also want them to avoid any possible heartache or disappointment. Knowing what you can afford gives you the best chance to get that perfect home!

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Whether you’ve verbalized it or not, when it comes to selling your home I know you’ve asked yourself if you really need an agent. When you hire a realtor, what do you expect them to do?

I’m going to tell you something that some Realtors might not want to hear, but I need to be honest with you… If you’re going to hire a real estate agent to sell your home you need to read this.

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What to look for when buying a home? That is a broad and big question! Although each individual will have their own specific needs, there are certain things to consider when looking for a home to buy.

What to Look for When Buying a Home

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So you are selling your home? Congratulations! This is an exciting time. You may have outgrown your current home or just need to move for work or family. Selling your house is a time when it’s crucial to make sure you “do it right.”

Over and over I work with clients that have had trouble selling their home. “Why isn’t my house selling Kyle!?” Maybe they listed the house FSBO and couldn’t seem to get traction. Maybe they have tried with another agent recently and just didn’t get offers (or the right offers). And just maybe you are just thinking ahead and already know that there are definite things you can do to sell your home on the best timeline and for the most money. So let’s talk about why your house isn’t selling!

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